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I love the CouchSurfing concept. I was sold after my first experience in 2010. It totally fits with my character. I feel open-minded, adventurous and it is just cool to meet new amazing people every time again.
I consider myself as a very active CouchSurfer. Not only I meet many people via events, and meet the people from Surf and Hosting. I also am an active Organizer of events. I'll bet your CS Friends from Den Bosch or Barcelona will know me :). For this I see myself as a worthy Ambassador.
However I don't want to shock. I like to meet all people. I like to help new people who are not known of the concept, as well share experiences with CS Veterans and meet up to spread ideas with co-organizers and co-ambassadors. While it is true I am an Ambassador and have 200+ references; I am as much human, flesh and blood, as all other living mammals on this planets. So Don't hesitate to message me!
(Although a small disclaimer that I expect people to send serious questions and took some time scanning my profile)
So let me describe my caracter. I believe I am Easy Going, Friendly, Enthuastic, Open Minded, Hospatility, Open, Talkactive, Interested and Socialble. I also have bad habits: I have hard time waking up (snoozer), I save money (mingy), strict, analytic (also about you :P), planner and postponing cleaning plates for a week. My surfers often help me out with waking up and cleaning plates, which I really appreciate :D.
Noticeable about me is my (friendly) directness, dry/sarcastic humor, good listener, knowledgable, my glasses and the fact that I am 1.93 meter (6'4").
Everyone (at least on this site) likes traveling and while doing this they enjoy it the most. So what's better then coming home from a long hardworking day and then to relax with people who are in their best mood and telling about all their adventures in your country!
I like to get to know people better. I like to know people I am visiting and I want to know the ones who surfing my house. I really will try to learn you better! I like to see, explore, do a lot and try to attend Couchsurfing Events and preferable do this together with my host/surfers.
As being single, I have been travelling alone on myself. I get very easy in touch with other people, with groups and start conversations or go out together.
I like my job, I am IT-specialist by developing (Web)applications. In my spare time I like to watch Movies/Series, Play (video)games, Go to Friends, Hang out on the beach, Eat out, Join Nightlife, Play Tennis, Internet, and of course Couchsurfing and Travelling.
Make use of the freedom of choice! Do what you like to do. Live your dream!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I like to attend CS events every now and then. It is a nice way to meet local people, meet up with travelers in these cities and share experiences. Because I liked it so much, I started organizing events myself. My first event was a big event in Den Bosch with over 50 people joining (a lot for a small city). In Barcelona I organized for more than a year the 'Monday Gracia Meeting' in Barcelona. Right now I am back in Den Bosch and will continue to organize some Meetings with the flag 'Open & Social Den Bosch'
I also actively Host people. I had over 30 groups of Couchsurfers in Den Bosch and even more in Barcelona. Feel free to send me a Couch Request!
I am looking for enthuastic people who likes to chat and it would be nice to give some tips or guideness throughout their city. I hope we can share some conversations or go out together!
I help the 's-Hertogenbosch community by organizing CS Meetings. I organized 3 big events in my city Den Bosch which attracted always over 50 couchsurfers! It gave me a great satisfaction to bring so many people together and provide them a great time! it is one of the most amazing things I have done in my life. As an active member, I became CS Ambassador in July 2011.
Between November 2011 and April 2013 I moved from the Netherlands to Barcelona (Spain). Also here I actively participated in the community by both attending and organizing events (Every Monday: Monday Gracia Meeting).
Besides the organizing, I help people by answering questions or in sharing my experiences.
Special note, concerning my number of friends/references:
I have a lot (over 200 references). It says that I am active, but it is very true that a lot of the references are people that I just had a chat with. If you really want to see the more quality connections, please filter on hosts/surfers or on friendship type.
I love network-sites, like Facebook or Couchsurfing, as a network. I add people who are very close friends, my family, as people who I just spoke for 15 minutes. I believe in sharing info to everyone, so everyone can use or learn about it. Maybe I just happened to be on the other side of the world coincidentally with you; why wouldn't we meet up then!
Here below is the summary of my Couchsurf activity.
60: Noa from Israel @ October
59: Stefan from Belgium @ October
58: David from Wales @ September*
57: Paulina & Ania from Poland @ September*
56: Djordje & Jasmina from Serbia @ September*
55: Manon from Belgium @ September
54: Jess & Javiera from USA, Sweden @ August
53: Raíssa from Brazil @ July*
52: Luke from USA @ July*
51: Elicia from Australia @ July
50: Raitis from Latvia @ July*
49: Michal & Silvia from Slovakia @ July*
48: Elisabet from Spain @ July
47: Anna & Tanya from Russia @ July*
46: Hazel & Gerben: Scotland, Netherlands @ June**
45: Shannon, Ashley, Emma: Canada(2), USA @ June*
44: Cassie from USA @ June
43: Kira from Australia @ June
42: Ekrem from Turkey @ June*
41: Veronika & Petra from Czech Republic @ June*
40: Anna B from Russia @ June*
39: Gustavo from Mexico @ June*
38: Paul from Scotland @ June*
37: Paulina & Paula from Poland @ May*
36: Ronny from Finland @ May
35: Anna D from Russia @ May*
34: Mai & Barbara from USA, Mexico @ December**
=== Moved to Barcelona @ November ===
33: Tapani from Finland @ September*
32: Peter from Leeuwarden (NL) @ August+
31: Timothy from USA @ August*
30: Sini, Elina, Marjuska from Finland @ August*
29: Nienke from New Zealand @ August*
28: Lukasz & Agata from Poland @ July*
27: Hugo from France @ July*
26: Roberto from Germany @ July*
25: Christoph from Germany @ July*
24: Malka & friend from Belgium @ July
23: Floor from Belgium @ July*
22: Carlo from Eindhoven (NL) @ July*
21: Allison & LeeAnn from USA @ June*
20: Radu from Romania @ June*
19: Masahiro from Japan @ June+
18: Natalie from USA @ June*
17: Celine and Cindy from France @ April*
16: Keiichiro from Japan @ April*
15: Eva from Utrecht (NL) @ March*
14: Ana, María and Paula from Spain @ March**
13: Petr from Russia @ March*
12: Alina from Russia @ March+
11: Nastya from Russia @ March*
10: Mariana from Mexico @ March*
09: Saskia from Amsterdam (NL) @ February*
08: Liisa, Maxime, Thomas from Est,Fra,Ger @ Feb*
07: Santa, Evija from Latvia @ December
06: Caio from Brazil @ December*
05: Diogo from Brazil @ November+
04: Marcin from Germany @ November*
03: Mark, Andy from England @ November*
02: Irene, Irene, Chiara from Italy @ August*
01: Christoph from Germany @ August*
* = reference as surfer
+ = other reference
46: Usoa in San Sebastian (Spain) @ September
45: Anja in Bilbao (Spain) @ September
44: Anna in Katowice (Poland) @ April*
43: Babetta in Granada (Spain) @ March
42: Sajara in Granada (Spain) @ March
41: Jos in Den Bosch (Netherlands) @ January*
40: Bruno in Barcelona (Spain) @ November*
39: Nastia in Lyon (France) @ November
38: Elif/Hande in Antwerp (Belgium) @ October+
37: Maija/Jarno in Helsinki (Finland) @ Sept**
36: Anna in Helsinki (Finland) @ September*
35: Maria in Saint Petersburg (Russia) @ Sept*
34: Olga in Moscow (Russia) @ September*
33: Liisa in Almere (Netherlands) @ June*
32: Lana in Kobe (Japan) @ May
31: Akino/Misaki in Hiroshima (Japan) @ May*
30: Masahiro in Osaka (Japan) @April*
29: Misato in Osaka (Japan) @ April*
28: Satomi in Kyoto (Japan) @ April*
27: Chika in Nagoya (Japan) @ April*
26: Wendy in Breda (Netherlands) @ April*
25: Anna in Kasterlee (Belgium) @ April*
24: Malka in Antwerp (Belgium) @ February
23: Saori in Utrecht (Netherlands) @ February*
22: Ronald in Rotterdam (Netherlands) @ November
21: Floriane in Brussels (Belgium) @ November*
20: Christiane in Aachen (Germany) @ October*
19: Luisa in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) @ Sept
18: Dominique in Wützburg (Germany) @ September*
17: Maria in München (Germany) @ September*
16: Micky in München(Germany) @ September
15: Dirk in Dresden (Germany) @ September*
14: Marie in Prague (Czech Republic) @ Sept*
13: Peter nearby Vienna (Austria) @ September*
12: Nora in Budapest (Hungary) @ September*
11: Ivan, Ivana in Zagreb (Croatia) @ September
10: Primoz nearby Lubiana (Slovenia) @ September*
09: Irene nearby Milan/Lecco (Italy) @ September*
08: Jacek in Geneva (Switzerland) @ August*
07: Lenita in Lörrach (Germany) @ August*
06: Wouter in Maastricht (Netherlands) @ August*
05: Leona in Maastricht (Netherlands) @ August*
04: Sarka in Breda (NL) @ June+
03: Fanny in Reims (France) @ May
02: Marine in Paris (France) @ May*
01: Juan in Berlin (Germany) @ April*
* = reference as host
+ = other reference
Barcelona Life (updated June'12)
Every Monday, Monday Gràcia Meeting (Organizer) - organized 25+ times
Every Tuesday, ñam ñam (Plan B) Meeting - joined 5+ times
Every Wednesday, Poble Nou Meeting - joined 3+ times
Every Thursday, Polaroid Meeting - joined 10+ times
Every Saturday, Language Exchange - joined 10+ times
sometimes, Saturday coffee meeting - joined 3+ times
sometimes, Belgica meeting - joined 3+ times
sometimes, Saturday night meeting - joined 5+ times
UPCOMING Big Events:
.. : Mega Meeting in Barcelona @ July 14th (Organizer, to be announced)
41: Full moon Party in Barcelona @ April
40: Carnival in Sitges (ES) @ February (Organizer)
39: (first) Monday Gracia Meeting in Barcelona @ December (Organizer)
38: Monthly Bar Meeting in Antwerp @ October
37: Autumn Meeting in Den Bosch (NL) @ October (Organizer)
36: Breda Barmeet in Breda @ September
35: Lukas Farewell Party in Tilburg (NL) @ September
34: Helsinki City Tour in Helsinki (FI) @ September
33: Weekly Meeting in St Petersburg (RU) @ September
32: Spanish language Meeting in St Petersburg (RU) @ September
31: Moscow Invasion in Moscow (RU) @ September
30: Monthly Meeting in Den Bosch (NL) @ September (Organizer)
29: RedHeadDay in Breda @ @ September
28: The Perseid Meteor Shower in Den Bosch (NL) @ August
27: Monthly Meeting in Nijmegen @ August
26: Monthly Meeting in Den Bosch (NL) @ August (Organizer)
25: EHV Montly Meeting in Eindhoven (NL) @ July
24: Maikel's 33rd in Oss (NL) @ July
23: Brussels Summer Event in Brussels (BE) @ July
22: Summer Meeting in Den Bosch (NL) @ July (Organizer)
21: Midsummernight in Utrecht (NL) @ June
20: Brainport BBQ Meeting in Eindhoven @ June
19: Marta Birthday in Eindhoven (NL) @ June
18: Au pair, Expat, CS meeting in Den Haag (NL) @ May
17: Dinner meeting in Tokyo (Japan) @ May
16: Pre-ATOS meeting in Den Bosch (NL) @ April
15: Picknick in Breda (NL) @ March
14: Spring Meeting in Den Bosch @ March (Organizer)
13: Bowling in Eindhoven (NL) @ March
12: Boardgames in Tilburg (NL) @ March
11: New members meeting in Eindhoven (NL) @ March
10: Dutch Talking in Antwerp (BE) @ February
08: Sinterklaas CSEvent in Rotterdam (NL) @ November
07: CS-Organized City tour in Brussels (BE) @ November
06: Boardgames Meeting in Den bosch (NL) @ November
05: Pancake Meeting in Tilburg (NL) @ Ocotober
04: Weekly Pubmeeting in München (Ger) @ September
03: Czechsurfing in Prague (Czech) @ September
02: Summermeeting in Maastricht (NL) @ August
01: Cheap Thrills in Dordrecht (NL) @ May
Stats till July 2012:
116 is the number of people who I hosted, or where I surfed at.
58% of those people I hosted (67)
37% of those people I surfed at (43)
and 5% I both hosted and surfed (6)
of the 116 people, the ratio male/female is 40/76 (34%/66%)
40%/60% male/female ratio of the people I hosted (29/40 out of 73)
23%/77% male/female ratio of the people I surfed at (11/38 out of 49)
Top hosting countries till July 2012:
8 (11%) people = USA
7 = Russia
5 = Brazil, Finland, Netherlands
4 = Germany, Poland, Spain
3 = Mexico, Latvia, Italy
Cultures, Holidays, Life, Geography, Politics, Computers, Boardgames, Sports, Music. Challenge my mind!
I have a special interest in:
- South & Latin America, Yo quiero viajar allí!
- Australia/Melbourne, I believe to live there one day!
- Russia/Moscow, I believe to live there (after Melbourne :P)
Music, Movies, and Books
Movie/TV: Comedy, Action, Dialogue.
Music: Pop, Rock, Dance, Instrumental.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Quiting my Dutch Job, Hitchhiking from Netherlands to Spain and start there a new life. Especially Hitchhiking was an experience, including walking 3km along the highway till the French police caught me; standing 3 hours in the rain and surfing a bed in the Truckers Truck.
When I went to the CS Event in Maastricht (August 2010), I met Joanna, a young couchsurfing girl from Groningen. I was planning to travel alone through Europe. She was thinking how she was going to spend her free time. The second day on the event in Maastricht she came to me and says: I want to join you on your trip to Europe :). That is just so beautiful with CouchSurfing: it's nice, social, honest, spontaneous people and it is so amazing how things turned out :D.
Teach, Learn, Share
Culture & History of Holland, Computers, Software, share my couchsurfing experience... You can ask me a lot about random stuff and I maybe able to answer you :).I am actively learning Spanish. I would like to practice it more (I attend intercambio sessions). I hope to improve my Spanish level so I can use it when I will go and travel in Latin America. I am able to teach you English and Dutch. See more at Interest.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In